Originally Answered: What are some herbs and essential oils I should get for my cabinet?
Homeopathy does use herbs, look up the actual definition on wikipedia. Conversely, "holistic" has nothing to do with herbs, although traditionally most holistic practioners prefer them. The two ideologies work together quite well.
Some of the hardest working multitasking herbs are as follows:
echinicea - immune booster, helps with allergies, acne, promotes cell growth and healing
aloe vera - antibacterial, antiseptic, antimicrobial, promotes cell growth and healing, when used internally is a cleanser
kelp - can remove toxic metals from the body, promotes cell growth and healing, regulates metabolism
gingko biloba - antioxidant, helps with memory, promotes good circulation
chamomile - immune booster, calming effect, antimicrobial
black cohosh - regulates hormones, can increase libido, prevent mood swings/pms etc (this stuff really works, let me tell you!)
things you may already have in your pantry:
cinnamon - relieves intestinal gassiness
garlic - lowers blood pressure and cholesterol, antioxidant, may prevent cancer
ginger - helps with upset stomach, indigestion, or nausea, promotes good circulation
before you begin using herbs it's always a good idea to research thoroughly to make sure you have no health issues that would contraindicate the herb you would like to use. For example, kelp regulates metablism by stimulating the thyroid gland, so people with thyroid issues should not use it.